Talking To Yourself Is Actually A Sign Of Intelligence, Find Researchers

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Life Style On 18th September 2018


Mr. Lupyan, a researcher and psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, wanted to test the feedback hypothesis with self-talk.

"The idea is if you hear a word, does that help you see something?" said Gary Lupyan.

"We had some of the subjects say the name of the object out loud to themselves,” he said. "The idea was, does saying the name actually help you activate its visual features?"



According to Gary Lupyan:

"Speaking to yourself isn't always helpful — if you don't really know what an object looks like, saying its name can have no effect or actually slow you down," Lupyan said.


He added:

"If, on the other hand, you know that bananas are yellow and have a particular shape, by saying banana, you're activating these visual properties in the brain to help you find them."

Thus just thinking about what you are looking for is not enough, when you say it its name you automatically visualize it and give it a form.



According to Live Science, "self-directed speech can help guide children’s behavior, with kids often taking themselves step by step through tasks such as tying their shoelaces, as if reminding themselves to focus on the job at hand."

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